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UB Journalism Program sponsors first 'Muslimedia' panel

1 hour ago | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

The complex issue of media portrayal of Islam was the forefront of Buffalo’s Muslimedia event this weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, a panel of journalists, community members and local faith leaders discussed how Islam is covered in the media. The discussion took place at the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier (ISNF) and roughly 100 people attended. The panel included seven topics regarding misconceptions about Islam and journalism as well as the “terminology of terrorism.”

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Petition circles asking for Buffalo mayor to close Bottoms Up nightclub

1 hour ago | By SARAH CROWLEY

Taryn Shepherd had visited Bottoms Up nightclub at least five times and never had any problems. On April 14, this changed when a bouncer allegedly called Shepherd a “n***r” after telling her she had to leave. After Shepherd wrote about the incident, a Buffalo man started a petition asking Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to close down the Chippewa Street nightclub. Bottoms Up is a popular destination for college students and is one of Buffalo’s only 18 and up venues for nightlife.

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News briefs: what to know locally, nationally and globally

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UB faculty donate to revitalize Dental school facilities

After 30 years of having the same equipment, the UB School of Dental Medicine (SDM) will be getting a face-lift thanks to the philanthropic support of faculty.

Donors include: Joseph Zambron, dean of the school, as well as long-time faculty members Jane Brewer, Robert Genco and Sebastian Ciancio.

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UB student’s attempted suicide shocks community

5 hours ago | By SARAH CROWLEY

A male student attempted suicide Wednesday morning when he jumped from the seventh floor of Goodyear Residence Hall on South Campus. The student was then transferred to Erie County Medical Center, according to UB Spokesperson John Della Contrada. The university did not release information on the status of the student or his identity, out of respect for the family’s privacy.

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Young Americans for Freedom speaker announcement sparks petition to cancel event

04/20/17 11:53am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB’s Young Americans for Freedom club (YAF) announced on Monday that it will host an event, "Exposing Radical Islam: The dangers of jihad in today’s world” on May 1 featuring guest speaker Robert Spencer. Spencer is a self-proclaimed expert on radical Islam and runs a blog called “Jihad Watch,” according to his website. He is the author of 16 books including The New York Time’s bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. 

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UB DifCon Series highlights equity and inclusion

04/18/17 11:06am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

UB faculty, staff and students are coming together to discuss their cultural beliefs and political differences. This week, a series of discussions called Difcon is centered around “Owning Our Differences.” The series will take place from April 17-21 at 12 p.m. each day. All discussions will be held in the Intercultural and Diversity Center, aside from Wednesday’s discussion which will take place in 104 O’Brian Hall.

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Spectrum's Q&A with Roxane Gay

04/17/17 10:16am | By MADDY FOWLER

When I think of intersectionality it is, you know, a very unwieldy word— it’s not an accessible word, it’s very jargony. But it is the idea that we’re not just women. We inhabit multiple identities, so we need to think not only of our womanhood, but the reality that not all women are created equal and not all women have the same experiences. 

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Roxane Gay speaks at UB Distinguished Speaker Series

04/14/17 5:12pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Gay spoke as part of UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series at the Center for the Arts Thursday evening. Gay, a Feminist author and commentator, discussed her feminism, free speech, books and politics. Gay’s laid-back demeanor made her speech feel more like an intimate conversation between old friends rather than a formal academic presentation.

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UB students react to New York State free tuition plan

04/13/17 12:31am | By HANNAH STEIN

Matt Rivera almost dropped out of UB after his freshman year because tuition was too expensive.

Rivera, Student Association president, has struggled with college tuition fees and is excited amongst other students about the tuition-free legislation that Albany lawmakers approved this past weekend. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the Excelsior Scholarship in January that states students who are enrolled at a four-year State of New York college and whose families earn no more than $100,000 a year may be eligible. 

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News briefs: What to know locally, nationally and globally

04/10/17 9:27am | By News Desk

UB announces new format for DIFCON series

UB’s Spring 2017 DIFCON series will have a different format than year’s past.

The series will take place from April 17-21 and will ask participants to own their differences and introduce a new debate-style format to address controversial topics influencing the nation.

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